The New European Bauhaus Acceleration Pilot Call

Are you a digital tech company developing innovative solutions that make Europe more sustainable and inclusive, improving citizens’ quality of life? As part of the New European Bauhaus initiative, EIT Digital is looking to identify the most promising high-impact ventures in order to support their business growth and help them become the international gamechangers.   

The best 4 companies will receive a full year of tailored international growth support by the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €48,000 to scale up their business and boost social and economic impact for the European community.

Application is closed.

About the New European Bauhaus initiative

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an environmental, social and cultural initiative aiming to connect innovation, creativity and design to improve citizen's quality of life, as a mean of making the Green Deal a human-centred experience.  

The NEB calls to combine three complementary dimensions to create a movement to explore better living together in a healthy planet after the pandemic: sustainability (including circularity), quality of experience (including aesthetics) and inclusiveness (including accessibility and affordability). 

What you will get

The best 4 companies will receive a full year of tailored international growth support by the EIT Digital Accelerator worth €48,000 to scale up their business.



Benefit from the Access to Market and Access to Finance support provided by a dedicated team of experienced business developers and financing specialists operating from major European cities. They will support you in growing your business internationally and raising venture capital.



Get access to our network of over 350 renowned partners across Europe consisting of corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes.



We will communicate your success and share your story through our powerful on- and offline channels and leading European media outlets, generating valuable international exposure for your business.

Who can apply

Fast-growing European ‘deep tech’ startups in growth stage (scaleups) with a differentiating product offering that leverages sophisticated, hard-to-reproduce digital technologies.

Building on the three main dimensions of the New European Bauhaus sustainability, inclusiveness and quality of experience, EIT Digital is calling for companies developing digital deep tech solutions applicable to the following domains (the list is not exclusive):

Digital Industry

  • Energy efficiency in buildings, facilities, factories
  • Supply chain: traceability of goods, transparency
  • Manufacturing: efficiency & resource optimization, maintenance
  • Farming: sustainability, efficiency & resource optimization, traceability of goods
  • Construction & real estate: efficiency & resource optimization, design
  • Retail: sustainability, last mile logistics

Digital Cities

  • Urban mobility
  • Urban design & planning
  • Citizen participation & engagement
  • City operations

Digital Wellbeing

  • Prevention & healthy lifestyles: digital platforms, gamification
  • Mental & chronic conditions: remote treatment, monitoring, gamification
  • Rehabilitation: remote treatment, monitoring
  • Access to health services

Digital Tech

  • Connectivity: efficiency & improvement of existing infrastructure
  • E-trust: efficiency, security of transactions

Digital Finance

  • Financial services: affordability, access, transparency
  • Insurtech: affordability, sustainability, improved risk mitigation & coverage


Fast-growing technology company with international ambitions

Company max. ten years old*

Company incorporated in the EU27 or Horizon Europe Associated Countries**

Growth stage: min. €300,000 in revenue*** or €2,000,000 in funding

*Company incorporated after 01/01/2011
**See the full list of countries here.
***€300,000 revenue in full year 2020, or in the first six months of 2021

Submissions will be evaluated by EIT Digital and external experts. We will examine the market and internationalisation potential of your product or service as well as the your technology and its innovativeness. We will also consider the fit of your product or service to the New European Bauhaus focus areas and the impact our support could have on your business.

Make sure to read our contest conditions and check the FAQ page. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us at


July 5 August 6 August - September September - October
Applications open Submission deadline Calls with shortlisted applicants and expert review Announcement of the selected companies

The New European Bauhaus Acceleration - Cross-KIC Collaboration

Fostering the NEB’s mission, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) together with its thematic pan-European Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) have initiated the Cross-KIC NEB, which aims at bridging the gap between science & technology and arts & culture, under the scope of sustainability, business promotion through startups, and citizen education and engagement. 

One of the main focuses of the Cross-KIC NEB is the identification and support of the most promising NEB related ventures developing high-impact solutions for sustainable living and improved quality of life. In 2021, several different calls will be issued by the Cross-KIC partners with the aim to provide selected companies with acceleration services to grow their business and become the international gamechangers.   

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